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Nursing2015

October 2007, Volume 37 Number 10 , p 33 - 33 [FREE]

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Abstract

 

Researchers looking at the circumstances surrounding development of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in 1,897 patients found that about 75% developed VTE in an outpatient setting, not during hospitalization. Their findings included the following:

 

* About 23% of patients had undergone surgery and 37% had been hospitalized in the preceding 3 months.

 

* Among these patients, 67% developed VTE within 1 month of hospital discharge.

 

* Among 516 patients with a recent hospitalization who subsequently developed VTE, only 43% had received anticoagulant prophylaxis.

 

 

Besides recent hospitalization, other risk factors for VTE included cancer and a history of VTE. Given ever-shorter hospital stays, researchers urge clinicians to consider extending VTE prophylaxis following discharge.

Researchers looking at the circumstances surrounding development of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in 1,897 patients found that about 75% developed VTE in an outpatient setting, not during hospitalization. Their findings included the following:

* About 23% of patients had undergone surgery and 37% had been hospitalized in the preceding 3 months.

* Among these patients, 67% developed VTE within 1 month of hospital discharge.

* Among 516 patients with a recent hospitalization who subsequently developed VTE, only 43% had received anticoagulant prophylaxis.

Besides recent hospitalization, other risk factors for VTE included cancer and a history of VTE. Given ever-shorter hospital stays, researchers urge clinicians to consider extending VTE prophylaxis following discharge.

Source

 

Spencer FA, et al., Venous thromboembolism in the outpatient setting, Archives of Internal Medicine, July 23, 2007.